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The Juice: Tigers waste Justin Verlander’s 12-strikeout night as Twins come back for 4-3 win

Mike Oz
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The Detroit Tigers could have clinched a postseason berth Monday night. It looked like they would, the way Justin Verlander was mowing down Minnesota Twins batters early in the game.

Verlander struck out 12 in six innings, including 10 in the first four innings, helping the Tigers take a three-run lead into the eighth. That's when things turned upside-down. The Twins scored two in the eighth, then tied the game when Brian Dozier lead off the bottom of the ninth with a home run.

In the 11th inning, the Twins completed the comeback when Dozier led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored the winning run after a single by Josmil Pinto — Minnesota's Joe Mauer replacement. That was it, the Twins won 4-3.

''Obviously, it's tough,'' Verlander said. ''We're sitting here knocking on the door and every win counts. It was a tough pill to swallow, but that's the lovely thing about baseball. We come out here tomorrow and we have another day and another crack at a win.''

The Tigers can clinch their postseason spot with a win Tuesday. If they win and the Cleveland Indians lose, the Tigers would clinch the AL Central outright.

A's 10, Angels 5: Meanwhile on the West Coast, the Oakland Athletics aren't worried about clinching anything. Been there, done that. Instead, the A's are trying to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. It once looked like that distinction would go to the Boston Red Sox, but the A's are surging toward the best record in the AL.

With a win on Monday night, Oakland (94-63) is just a game behind Boston (95-62). The A's romped the Angels, 10-5. Homers from Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss propelled the A's to victory. Tommy Milone earned the victory, striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings.

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Royals 6, Mariners 5: Salvador Perez hits a go-ahead double in the 12th inning to lift the Royals. Kansas City is now 3 1/2 games behind in the AL Wild Card race.

Padres 4, D-backs 1: A solid outing by Eric Stults and a three-run homer from Nick Hundley guide Padres to victory.

Cardinals 4, Nationals 3: The Cardinals eliminate the Nats from postseason contention.

Pirates 2, Cubs 1: The Pirates clinch their first playoff berth since 1992 with a dramatic win and help from the Cardinals.

Reds 3, Mets 2: Ditto the Reds, who clinched a postseason berth with the Cards win and their own walk-off 10th inning win.

Rangers 12, Astros 0: The previously slumping Rangers pummel the Astros as Alex Rios hits for the cycle.

White Sox 3, Blue Jays 2: Marcus Semien and Avisail García homer to lead White Sox over Blue Jays. Jose Quintana has another strong start for Chicago.

Marlins 4, Phillies 0: Nathan Eovaldi gives the Marlins a nice pitching performance, but the bigger story is that Roy Halladay left the game after only three batters for the Phillies.

Brewers 5, Braves 0: Carlos Gomez, Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy homer to lead Brewers past Braves.

Rays 5, Orioles 4: A crippling day for the Orioles, who lost Manny Machado to injury, then lost the game on a pinch-hit, walk-off homer by James Loney.

''I think I had the best breaking ball I've had all year. It was really sharp. It was good. I was able to go to it when I wanted to and throw it for strikes.''

— Justin Verlander on his 12-strikeout performance.

ZUBAAAAAAAAAAZ!

• Joey Votto walked five times on Monday. He's the first Reds player to do that since Johnny Bench in 1979.

• James Loney's walk-off homer was the first pinch-hit homer for the Rays this season.

• Greg Holland tied the Royals single-season save record by notching his 45th. He's tied with Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Montgomery.

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